Flat bar brake levers

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  • 02-04-2012
    chachas
    Flat bar brake levers
    Due to my compressed lumbar discs, I am converting to a flat bar and new stem to get a more upright riding position. What are some decent brake levers I can use that will be compatible with my SRAM Rival calipers? Thanks!
  • 02-04-2012
    FBinNY
    I'm not up on what's currently available, but there are a number of adjustable leverage levers like the Avid speed dials. There are also some with 2 positions for the cable head allowing them to match various brakes, calipers, cantis, or V-brakes.

    The advantage of adjustable or multi-position levers is that you can optimize the leverage and throw to work for just about any brake, and in the case of the speed dials, fine tune them to your exact preference.
  • 02-05-2012
    wim
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by chachas View Post
    Due to my compressed lumbar discs, I am converting to a flat bar and new stem to get a more upright riding position.

    Good idea to try this. But keep your old parts around in case it doesn't work as you thought it would. As you sit more and more upright, more and more of your weight gets shifted onto the saddle. Also consider that people who ride bolt-upright not only have about 70% of their weight on the saddle, but a strong jolt (pothole, etc.) travels straight up their spine.
  • 02-05-2012
    baker921
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    I'm not up on what's currently available, but there are a number of adjustable leverage levers like the Avid speed dials.

    The Avids here Levers | SRAM are great but they are designed for MTB's with V or disc brakes.

    For road brakes try here Flat Handlebar

    IMO its best to stick to what the manufacturers design their products for but I know you will find other opinions. Good luck.